Fall beauty has evolved so much over the last few years, especially with fashion month becoming much more of a social media– and celebrity-heavy event than ever before. Now, makeup lovers and beauty newbies alike have runway trends right at their fingertips via their smartphones, making it easier than ever to be in touch with the latest trends. Backstage, makeup artists are really pushing the envelope too: Intrinsically fall-themed makeup like jewel tones aren’t the norm anymore, and we’re loving every minute of it.
We asked celebrity makeup artists which fall trends they’ve recently been seeing on the runway and which trends they perceive to be the hottest this season. Check out their answers below, and get ready to see goth, glitter, and, obviously, lots of glam!
“Beauty is running the gamut from ’70s laid-back styling to distressed beach hair to sunburned or sun-kissed skin and natural, no-fuss bohemian style,” says celebrity makeup artist Daniel Martin.
“Beauty for fall 2016 is all about a quote on a hat I saw recently: ‘Make America goth again’—except it’s not just for America; it’s for everyone,” says celebrity makeup artist Katie Mellinger. “A lot of black for the eyes, and dark-colored lips, but not necessarily at the same time. Lip colors range from deep wine and burgundy on the lips to full-on black. All textures are a go, from matte to super shiny to a stain, so just do what you feel as long as it’s a statement.”
Gita Bass, celebrity makeup artist and Simple Skincare Advisory Board member, agrees: “We’ll be seeing gothic power lips—matte burgundy, wine, or deep purple lips, which can be achieved by layering your favorite fall lipstick over a black or super-dark lip pencil feathered over the whole lip.”
“Whether it’s a subtle graphic liner at Phillip Lim, a smoked-out version at Yves Saint Laurent, or an architecturally graphic statement at Oscar de la Renta, eyeliner is having its shining moment for fall 2016,” says celebrity makeup artist Moani Lee.
“This is the season to have fun with your eyes,” says Mellinger. “Just be sure to stick to classic black. Play with a graphic shape, like an outlined cat eye or sketched lines under the eye. Or get full-on smoky. Do it painted like the swipe of black. However, my personal fave is a worn-in liner. To get the look without having to sleep in your liner, melt your freshly applied liner with a bit of makeup remover on a clean brush. Apply the liner directly via pencil, and then swipe the brush lightly back and forth over the line a few times for the desired effect. The best part is it doesn’t matter if it looks messy, because that’s what you’re going for.”
Sonia Kashuk also likes the idea of getting smudgy with a charcoal pencil (like her Longwear Eye Definer, $8). “Charcoal-lined eyes reminiscent of the early aughts where everywhere fall 2016 fashion week,” she says. “The only thing to keep in mind is that lining the inner waterline of the lower lashline shuts down the eye, making them appear smaller—this will give you a super-sexy stare, perfect for nighttime wear.”
“This season is all about full, natural brows that are more well groomed,” says makeup artist Gita Bass. “We’ve moved from the unkempt, wild brow to one that is still full yet more tamed and plucked where needed. This is a more wearable version.”
Contrastly, Revlon told Byrdie in an email that “electric passion” is a large theme this season, something Martin has seen play out on the lips. “There’s the extreme, exaggerated pop of color, from statement lips of neon red/orange to glittery oxblood lips,” he explains.
“Perfected skin and minimal makeup is the classic moment to add virtual highlights to the high points of your face and add flawless coverage everywhere else. Hourglass is launching a revolutionary foundation this fall, called Vanish Seamless Finish Foundation Stick, in a remarkable 26 shades to suit all skin tones. It offers a satin finish with buildable coverage that will give you the flexibility to go from sheer to full coverage wherever needed for a seamless finish,” says Lee.
Glitter is back and more badass than ever (just look at Pat McGrath’s latest launch). Bass says to apply the shimmer to your lids in a subtle way: “Keep the summer celebrations alive with a bit of glitter layered over a black eyeliner or applied just to the bottom lash line for a hint of sparkle.”
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